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Vermicomposting: Composting with Worms for Small Spaces and Limited Time

Compost is one of the best organic fertilizers for introducing nutrients and beneficial microbes to your soil, but many gardeners do not have the space or time to maintain a traditional compost pile. A vermicomposter, or a composter that uses worms, is an economical, time saving and space saving solution. Worm castings are full of beneficial microbes and nutrients which make an ideal plant fertilizer for houseplants, and for food plants in containers and gardens. Only red wigglers, or (Eisenia fetida or Eisenia foetida), should be used for composting in bins. E. fetida are also called tiger worms, redworms, and other [ ... ]

How to Use a Ladbrooke Soil Blocker

The easiest and most adaptable seed starting system is the Ladbrooke soil blocker. With this ingenious device, you can make your own soil blocks and forever eliminate buying peat pots, which often cause your plants to become root bound and do not break down in the garden. A Ladbrooke soil blocker is a one-time investment and is quality made in England. Commercial growers use these to make millions of soil blocks year after year without any wear and tear. Simply keep your soil blocker clean, and it will become an heirloom to pass down through generations. There are cheap Chinese [ ... ]

How to Grow Vegetables in Pots – Starting Seedlings Indoors

Growing your own vegetables from seed has many rewards. You will be able to grow varieties not available locally, and get a jump on the gardening season. Plus during the doldrums of winter, you will have a bright light, almost as bright as the sun through the window, cheering up your surroundings, and new life springing out of the soil. Get your children or grandchildren involved. Growing plants not only gets children interested in nature, but it teaches them to care for something that depends entirely upon them. Even if a few plants do not make it, it is an inexpensive [ ... ]

Why to Use an EarthBox to Grow Vegetables in Pots

Gardening is fun, but it takes time. Weeding, watering, improving soil, and many other tasks often get neglected when summer comes on full force. Gardening in containers gives the gardener some measure of control over weeds and soil, but watering is still difficult to keep up with in conventional containers. EarthBox takes the guesswork of how much to water and when, and when to feed your plants, because everything they need is always available. And weeding is virtually eliminated, so an EarthBox is one of the easiest ways to garden, and can produce yields higher that gardening in the soil. The [ ... ]